I was taught how to shoot photos on an old Pentax film camera, it belonged to my father. He had been a photographer in the 60’s and 70’s and was happy to explain both the broad stokes and finer points of mastering a camera. I learned landscape photography from him. He would be keen on explaining to me the theories of why certain photos worked, and others didn’t, while critiquing my work with a polished eye when I shared them.
In 2012, I got my first break when I moved from cold woods of the Northeast to sunny California and became a photojournalist for the Ukiah Daily Journal. My style changed rapidly, and I grasped the incredibly valuable lesson on how to become fearless when it came to capturing a moment.
In the following years, my focus shifted as I started shooting circus and theatrical performances. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of capturing a story in a single frame. This became a new challenge for me, and adapting what I had learned as a photojournalist, I continued to evolve in this new medium.
In 2014 I stumbled across the works of Kai Man Wong, and was introduced to “Street Photography”, I fell madly in love instantly. I became obsessed with this new style of photography- letting people, their expressions, and their setting tell their stories- and simply being there at the right moment to help them tell it. This is the photography style that I most favor, and is heavily influenced by my time as a photo journalist.
Now, with an appreciation for storytelling and timing, I’ve adjusted my sights once more and have been experimenting with creative portraiture. I feel like the journey of being a photographer is never complete; there will always be moments to capture, light to chase, and stories unfurling in the blink of an eye, and I will do my best to capture them.